Now available: Slightly used NASA space shuttle runway at Kennedy Space Center

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Kennedy Space Center, Florida -- If you have a need for a slightly used space shuttle runway, NASA would like to hear from you.

NASA has put out a request for ideas from companies, government agencies -- anybody, really -- who wants to use the Shuttle Landing Facility at the Kennedy Space Center.

If you're up for taking over the maintenance of it, that would be great, too.

It's Florida's longest runway. And after the end of the Space Shuttle Program, NASA has decided to open it up for outside use.

If you're in the market, here are some of the vital stats:

- 15,000 feet long (about three miles)
- 300 feet wide (about one football field) 
- NASA says it's "especially suited for very large and very heavy transport craft."

Any deal reached with an outside group would have to benefit NASA and the U.S. Government, the agency says.

If we've caught your eye, you can find out more about NASA's "runway for rent" proposal -- officially called a Request for Information, or RFI -- at this U.S. Government website.

Space Shuttle Endeavour is set to fly from the runway next month, piggybacking aboard a 747 jet for a ride to its retirement home in California.

That will be the runway's final use by a space shuttle, after supporting 78 shuttle landings since it opened in 1976.

Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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